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Pot Kettle Black - Yeastie Boys

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BA SCORE
84
good

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 13
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Black IPA"

(Beer added by: ADZA on 03-02-2011)
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Photo of crusian
2.08/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

bottle from a bottle shop in auckland.
pours a nice black darkness with a bit of head and some decent lacing...
Nose has a lot of smoke on it, and an odd vegetable smell. Hops are subdued, which may be the odd vegetable smell, more along the lines of a pea smell...
Taste is not so good, i am looking for a date on this bottle, and it is one of the few i have seen that does not have a best by date... seems old. Hops are not really there, though they dont really taste stale either.... just seems like they are missing. possibly some english style hops in there, but the American Black Ale is wrong. A bit of coal, and some smoke on the palate as well, but the main thing this is supposed to have, it is completely lacking.
mouthfeel is medium, well carbed, nice on all fronts but where it needs to be. Big failure, in my opinion.

Photo of emerge077
2.41/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Barely an ounce of beer hits the glass and it's instantly full of foam. Uh oh. Had to pour it off over the sink, still got a relatively full 25cl glass.

The tan foam looks like a melted milkshake, and forms irregular craggy peaks above the rim of the glass. Color is a dark brown with some mahogany highlights in the light, displaying some clarity also. Super long lasting head, it has a creamy surface texture and maintains its irregular topography.

Aroma is mildly roasty, no off notes are perceptible, it's just relatively mild and certainly not at all hoppy. A little carob or cocoa nib comes through as it warms.

Taste is a letdown, ashy and astringent, overly foamy and then a little watery in feel.
Decent aftertaste of cocoa and ashy roast malt, but the initial impression is too jarring. It feels almost like club soda, and that ain't right. Some porterish notes linger behind, earthy roast and bitterness. Overall this seems as if a slight infection has taken hold over time, but no way to know how old it is without a date on it.

Thanks to Julie & Ryan for this one!

Photo of rpstevens
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of suckaj
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.55/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown, near black body with a huge, slowly creeping, light beige head.

Smell: Faint roast, a little hint of green hops, but not much slipping out past this unyielding, headstrong head.

Taste: Dark, roasty maltiness with a sliver of chilled coffee and a faint dusting of cocoa. Modestly sweet. Lightly spiced. Hint of dark fruitiness, also some underlying earthiness. Touch of hops, bitterness. Sweetish and aggravatingly foamy on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. High, pesky carbonation.

Overall: I think Joaquin Phoenix said it best: It vexes me. I'm terribly vexed.

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Yeastie Boys has a certain ring to it that I can't resist. It must be the fact I used to listen to the Beastie Boys years back. I did not expect to find this when I was shopping at Palm springs Liquor in La Mesa, CA. So, from a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

There's a big billowy head sitting on top of this black beer. It does fade to a dark brownish color towards the smaller part of the chalice, so it's not black as black can be. Admirable head retention to this stuff, and it leaves glops of lacing around the glass. There's a little dose of roastiness, a touch of tangerine, and unfortunately some amount of a phenol problem (plastic band aids).

Damn you plastic band aids. You wreck what tastes like a good beer. A little chocolate brownie, a dose of sweet citrus, pine, lingering chocolate roast. Hmmm, even with an infection, this doesn't tastes horrible. Its medium body and smoothness seem to help too.

After smelling it, I though it would taste worse. Still, meh. Don't say you were warned American geeks.

Photo of MadScientist
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Snow81
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Psychmusic
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of girlmeetsbeer16
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of SnatchyMcPants
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of jwps214
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of miffsudd
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of assman79
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of poopsyeah
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of VinsanityDiesel
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of DonFrap
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of trotnixon
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of danieelol
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with good head and lacing.

Nose is that of a high quality, rich stout. Toasted, roasted caramel and chocolate. Slight bit of hoppiness following through. Bit of soy and barleywine-malt, marshmallows. Almond nuttiness.

Taste is weak and kind of watery. Bit of bitter soot.

Mouthfeel is similarly thin and kind of lacking.

Overall an OK beer which kind of falls apart with wateriness and astringency when it gets to the taste buds.

Photo of kiya
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this part of my monthly beer club from Plumpjack SF.

Opening the bottle the brew bubbled up and out of the bottle. Pours a very dark chocolate brown with an extremely milk shake thick head. Head retention is extreme on this guy, even through the entire glass it still remained thick and heavy.

Smells of roasted walnuts with a strong campfire mustiness that becomes more pronounced as it comes up to room temp.

I'm expecting more than what i got from the flavors here considering the smell and look of the beer. There's a roasted malt flavor in the front mixed with a very smokey flavor creeping up. A sourness that seems like it doesn't really belong lingers even minutes after the last sip.

The brew stays heavily carbonated through the session to the point of almost being too bubbly.
A fine beer for it's style for me.

Photo of trappistlover
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(shared by friends who picked this up in New Zealand). Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is roasty, dark chocolate, and some dark pit fruit. Taste follow suit for the most part with the roasty bitterness noticeable follow by some sweet malts. Medium bodied with an oily texture. Bitter finish. Not bad, but hopped-up dark beers are generally not my thing.

Photo of JohnnyRay
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured with a dark brown body, and a hint of orange at the bottom of the glass. There was about one finger of light brown head with low retention. There was moderate lacing on the sides of the glass, with almost no carbonation.

There wasn't much smell - a bit of roast and hops.

I liked the taste of this beer, there was some malt and hops and a bit of coffee and chocolate flavour as well.

I feel like the bottle I drank had been sitting on the shelf for a while, but still overall a good beer.

Photo of champ103
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A two finger tan head forms with good retention. Lots of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Kind of neutral in the nose. Some nondescript hops and nondescript malt. Kind of citrusy, kind of toasted. No real identity here.
T: Grassy, citrusy hops up front. Kind of a slick/oily hop flavor. Toasted malt, bread, light chocolate come in next. Nothing lingers though.
M/D: A medium body with good carbonation. Slick and oily, but not overly so. Easy enough to drink. I will finish the bottle without a problem.

Not bad at all. I am still not a big fan of this style. I don't think the hops and malt flavors mix well together, but for the style it fits t he bill.

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Pot Kettle Black from Yeastie Boys
84 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.